How Do I Get Pharmacy Tech Experience?


The pharmacy technician is like the pharmacist's right hand, helping manage inventory, answer phones, count out pills and deal with customers so the druggist can focus on his job. While many pharmacies now require their technicians to have an educational background, you may be able to get on-the-job training or experience as a volunteer.

  • Volunteer in your local hospital. Hospital volunteers often work their way up the ladder, eventually gaining experience in the pharmacy that could lead to future employment opportunities. The hospital environment will also provide useful knowledge of medical terminology that will come in handy down the road. In many cases, you may be required to have at least two years of pharmacy technician experience, and gaining this as a volunteer will give you a leg up.

  • Search actively for pharmacy technician job opportunities in your local classified ads, then visit the pharmacy and fill out an application. Before you leave, introduce yourself to the pharmacist if he is not busy, express your interest and previous experience in the field and ask about the qualifications required to work in that pharmacy.

  • Train on the job if you are hired at a local pharmacy. Be diligent, attentive and ask questions to assure that you are always learning and growing within your job environment. Make sure your customer service skills are top notch, as you will be working with the general public every day both face to face and on the phone.

  • Consider getting an associate's or bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical training. Most pharmacy technician training courses run for two years, and will provide you with the educational tools you need to enter the workforce. You can train at a local educational facility and online. These courses will verse you in the technology and medical terminology required to advance in the field.

  • Actively train in the field. The more education and experience you gain, the more opportunities you can gain for yourself. Many certified pharmacy technicians presently make around $17 an hour and advance to management and supervisory positions.

Tips & Warnings

  • People with criminal records and/or a history of substance abuse cannot be trained or employed within this field.

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